UPDATE (Jan. 17, 2017, 2:24 p.m.): 15-year-old Melissa Berlanga was found safe and returned to her home, according to her family and the Bakersfield Police Department.
15-year-old Melissa Isabel Berlanga was last seen around 10 p.m. on Oak Street, just north of California Avenue, on Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Berlanga is described as a Hispanic female around 6'1", about 250 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey and blue hooded sweater and blue jeans.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.